Native Claims Muddy Waters in Fight Over Australian Lake

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Science  28 Nov 1997:
Vol. 278, Issue 5343, pp. 1556-1557
DOI: 10.1126/science.278.5343.1556

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MELBOURNE-- In April 1994, Lake Victoria in New South Wales (NSW) was drained, exposing an ancient Aboriginal burial site. Now by law, the lake can't be restored unless a "consent to destroy" is obtained from the NSW government. But the delay makes local graziers and irrigation farmers vulnerable to a drought. Next month, an environmental impact statement will recommend that the lake be refilled, arguing that it is possible to retain the lake as a water storage and still protect the burials. The recommendation will go to NSW authorities, who will make the final decision.